Setting a rogue to catch a rogue: the changing face of Lincoln's Law

The False Claims Act is big business for the US government. Since January 2009, the government has recovered more than $30 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than half of that from cases involving alleged fraud against federal healthcare programmes. It is a far cry from the act's humble beginnings – a law first conceived during the American Civil War as Congress sought a solution to the problem of fraudulent sales to the military. The importance of the act to the healthcare sector was still a century away.

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